Over the last couple of years, many rumors have circulated about Japanese publishing giant Kodansha entering the US manga market. Anime Vice digs up some evidence that the time may be now:
Keen-eyed reader paploo points to his new blog, complete with a post featuring some interesting findings on Amazon.ca: Akira and Ghost in the Shell, both volumes one.
“Big deal!” you might say. “Dark Horse has had those for ages.” Ahhh, but there you would be missing the key: both titles are listed as being due from Kodansha Comics on October 13, 2009.
I haven’t found any such Kodansha titles on Amazon USA, but things have been known to appear on the Canadian site first in the past. Could it be that Dark Horse’s licenses are expiring? I rushed to my phone to try and call my contacts there before the work day was over at 5.
A Dark Horse rep confirmed that they would no longer be publishing these titles, so it looks like there’s a new player on the bench, one with some huge, huge titles in their catalog.